Florence Pugh’s Other Film Festival Film Receives Rave Reviews

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While Don’t Worry Darling dominated the headlines, Florence Pugh’s other film festival outing quietly wowed critics. The Wonder, which screened at the Telluride Film Festival over Labor Day weekend, is an adaptation of the novel of the same name by Emma Donoghue (who also co-wrote the screenplay).

Pugh plays an English nurse sent to the Irish Midlands to observe the miracle of a young girl who stopped eating four months previously but is completely unaffected. Sebastián Lelio directs the brooding period piece which is set in the mid-1800s and also stars Tom Burke, Toby Jones and Ciaran Hinds.

Early reviews for the film were good, calling Pugh’s performance outstanding. The Hollywood Reporter (opens in a new tab) said The Wonder is a “striking achievement”. Critic Stephen Farber writes, “There’s no doubting the power of the story and the central performance. Pugh showed great strength in earlier films like Lady Macbeth and Little Women, but here she draws our attention from the first to the last image.”

The envelope (opens in a new tab) called it a “career best” for Lelio. “You’ll need to trust your heart to be swept away by Sebastián Lelio’s charming and elegiac The Wonder,” concludes Tomris Laffly. “A mournful, textured psychodrama that gently nurtures hope and spiritual serenity.”

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Independent wire (opens in a new tab) gave it a thumbs up with critic David Ehrlich writing, “The Wonder often skims the surface when it should cut deeper, but the obviousness of the movie only holds it back for so long. By the time it reaches its final shot – inevitably closing the intelligent in parentheses opened by its first – you too could believe every word of it.”

However, not everyone is so convinced, with Deadline’s (opens in a new tab) Todd McCarthy concludes: “Atmospheric and intriguing to a point, it nevertheless sounds like a lot of noise about a slightly curious situation that has been exploited for little more than it’s worth.” While the variety is (opens in a new tab) Peter Debruge calls it “an unbiased but ultimately absurd adaptation of Emma Donoghue’s novel”.

The Wonder hits theaters in November and on Netflix in December. Check out our guide to the best Netflix movies and best Netflix shows to stream right now.

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